Maine-NH bridge to close for good next month

Posted Dec. 10, 2011, at 12:29 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — The Memorial Bridge that spans the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, N.H, and Kittery, Maine, will close to pedestrian and bicycle traffic next month.

Stephen DelGrosso, project manager for Archer Western Contractors, says the 88-year-old bridge will close for good between Jan. 3 and Jan. 16.

Hourly shuttle service will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists, free of charge, until the replacement bridge is completed in 2012. The new bridge will have a 5-foot shoulder for bike traffic and a six-foot sidewalk for pedestrians, in addition to lanes for vehicles.

Not everyone is happy with the aesthetics of the new design. A Portsmouth architect is petitioning for a series of cables along the spans to serve as a reminder of the earlier bridge.

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